My name is Eugene Ek. I work at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group and I also work publicly at the Austin Hospital and Dandenong Hospital.
Originally I come from Malaysia. I was born in Kuala Lumpur and came to Australia when I was two years old when my family migrated.
At that time, there were a lot more opportunities for young families to set up new roots in Australia. I became a doctor for various reasons. I always wanted to have the ability to look at a problem and then try to fix that problem – to have the ability to, you know, change people’s lives.
I wanted to become a shoulder, elbow and hand surgeon – so, basically an upper extremities surgeon – so I did three years of what we call sub-specialty fellowship training, with the whole idea of learning things to benefit our community.
There was a patient of mine who was unfortunately involved in a car accident about 13 years ago and as a result of that injured the radial nerve, and that nerve is quite an important nerve that extends the wrist and it straightens out the fingers.
The surgery went very well, and the first time when he came out of the splint and was able to just open his hand like that, both him and his mother, you know, started crying.
It made me feel quite emotional. The happiness it brings to me, it’s…it’s a great and very rewarding experience.
Contributing means, to me, the ability to offer my time, my thoughts, my energy to something that I believe in. To me, it’s a very important part of what I do every day. It’s my driving force of why I have become a doctor.
It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to something that is going to be of benefit to other people. Belonging, to me, means a place where I feel deeply connected with. I certainly do feel like I belong and this is the home that I will be in for the rest of my life.